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We now have reports in from two of this years entrants, Terry and Pip Secker and Richard and Sandra Sloman share their experience of the 2006 Classic Harvest Tour with you, thanks very much for sending these in, it sounds like you had an enjoyable day out.
All pictures have now been uploaded, a fantastic selection of cars and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
Just a few more touched to the page and I will be finished, hope you like it so far.
Tony Beale: webmaster



2006 Classic Harvest Tour Entry list

Car Driver Co-Driver X Make/Model Year Reg
1 Terry Secker Pip Secker click to view pictures MGC GT 1968 TRK 466F
2 Richard Mitchell Susannah Schraider click to view pictures MGB Roadster 1977 TTL 827R
3 Phil Digweed Maria Digweed click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine SIV 1965 DFY 555C
4 Chris Langdon Heather Langdon click to view pictures Mini Cooper S Mk2 1970 RVC 254H
5 David Parrott Ian Parrott click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine III GT 1963 921 TAF
6 Ralph Lodge Rebekah Kinchin Did not show Sunbeam Rapier H120 1968 NMP 444L
7 Robin Shackleton George Shackleton Click to view pictures Austin 1800 1968 SMO 223G
8 Steve Morris Geoff East click to view pictures Volvo Amazon 1967 LHA 360E
9 Shiela Love Trevor Page click to view pictures Triumph TR3a 1958 XFO 119
10 Neil Lott Darryl Cleevely click to view pictures Escort Mexico Mk1 1970 XCV 683J
11 Ken Edwards Paul Richardson click to view pictures Rover P6 1963 151 FLK
12 Tony Beale Susan Bowles click to view pictures Sunbeam Rapier IIIa 1962 7027 DD
13 Ken Bunyan Janyce Bunyan Did not show Sunbeam Rapier IV 1964 EPE 456B
14 Jeremy Roots Giles Calver click to view pictures Volvo 122s 1965 GMO 425C
15 Dave Pizzey Martin Madge click to view pictures Austin A40 1963 CBW 156B
16 Richard Sloman Sandra Sloman click to view pictures Ford Cortina GT Mk1 1966 NFB 369D
17 Janet Powell Terry Powell click to view pictures Rover 2000 1961 WKW 610
18 Nick Harrison Glen Mason click to view pictures Hillman Hunter GLS 1972 FPM 497L
19 Julian Pacey Sara Pacey click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine SV 1968 RBB 681F
20 Angela Ohren-Bird Pamela Reid click to view pictures Sunbeam Rapier III 1960 700 GAF
21 David Smith Ken Abrahams Did not show Mercedes 220 1971 PJT 268J
22 Jeremy Hunter Robin Hunter Click to view pictures Daf 66 Marathon Coupe 1974 VXG 966N
23 Stephen Cherry Denise Kelly Click to view images MGB GT 1970 BPB 703H
24 Colin Woodage Mark Church Click to view pictures Morris Mini Cooper 1968 MRD 222F
25 Michael Bird Lucy Bird Click to view pictures Triumph TR6 1974 XLH 988N
26 Matthew Ollman Peter Gal Click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine 1967 RLU 380E
27 Mel Chittock Mellie James Click to view pictures Triumph TR3a 1959 PAS 827
28 Grahame Warner Lynda Charleton Did not show Hillman Avenger 1970 HHG 882J
29 Mike Artivich Jenny Artivich Click to view pictures MGB Roadster 1972 KFP 292K
30 Robert Moore Eric Moore Did not show Sunbeam Rapier I 1957 UUL 172
31 Graham Cowland Susan Cowland Click to view pictures Sunbeam Tiger 1965 AUB 143E
32 Roy Patten Charles Patten Click to view pictures Singer Gazelle IIIc 1961 XVJ 439
33 Keith Phillips Lesley Miller Click to view pictures MGB GT 1973 MAR 190L
34 Ed Chambers Tim Teversham Click to view pictures Ford Capri 1983 A81 KEW
35 Peter Morris Helen Morris Click to view pictures Porsche 911S 1973 7 GNP
36 Steve Cartwright Jill Cartwright Click to view pictures Porsche 911 Carrera 1984 ADM 89A

This year we were pleased to have professional photographer Ray Hunter with us,
please visit the website to view his superb selection of pictures.

Tony Large website link (click on the 'rallying' link)

 



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Picture Gallery

The start of the day at the Comfort Inn Lining up for the start

Morning coffee break at the Longbridge Mill

Lunch halt at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke

The final section The winning Sunbeam Rapier

SNAP!!! Photogrophers were everywhere capturing the event and among the happy snappers we were pleased to have professional photographer Ray Hunter with us, has taken an excellent selection of pictures and these can now be viewed on Tony Larges' website
WEBLINK
(Click on 'rallying' then 'Classic Harvest Tour)

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Classic Harvest Tour - The Organisers view

Bright sunshine greeted the 31 starters of the 2006 Classic Harvest Tour as they set out from the start near Reading to tackle the 120 mile, non-competitive event in the lanes of Berkshire and Hampshire.
The uphill hairpins at Theale gave drivers their first challenge as the route headed south-east past Stratfield Saye – the home of the Dukes of Wellington, and through Bramshill forest before returning to a 16th Century watermill for a short coffee break.

One objective of the Harvest Tour is to introduce beginners to some elements of classic car rallying, so as the second section took to the narrow lanes around the Roman town of Silchester, crews were introduced to the idea of navigational handouts being given at controls en route.

These were optional, but if successfully solved, they gave the correct route across complex junctions. However if the navigator failed to solve them, or chose not to, the crew could still stay on the correct route. The first handout used straightforward map references with approach and depart directions, whilst the second used points of the compass to indicate the correct turns.


These handouts kept the crews busy as the route crossed into Hampshire and began to climb the North Downs before turning towards Basingstoke for lunch at the award winning Milestones museum. Here those who wanted to could purchase hot meals, whilst others took advantage of the September sunshine and picnicked on the lawn outside before strolling around the assembled cars, or the steam traction engines that had also gathered there.

After lunch, the third section began with a handout, which indicated the side by which each grid square should be exited in order to find the correct route around a large grass triangle.

Then another gave map references to be avoided on a complex junction just north of the B3400 near Overton, after which the route turned north, taking the crews over the hill at Watership Down for some spectacular views over West Berkshire.
Handouts involving grid line numbers, straight line diagrams and compass points provided the final set of navigational challenges as crews wound their way past Tadley and Aldermarston on the return journey to the hotel where the event had started. Here afternoon tea was provided, and everyone was awarded a finishers medal as a reminder of a fun day out.

 

Those who had tried the navigation had had varying degrees of success and had learnt quite a lot, whilst others had ignored the navigation and had just enjoyed the drive and the wonderful English countryside.

Terry Schraider

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The Classic Harvest Tour - 2006 Entrants reports

An experienced rallyist view - Terry and Pip Secker

Sunday 17th September 2006 the 3rd running of the Classic Harvest Tour run by the Sunbeam Rapier Club and our 2nd having missed last year due to a previous engagement at the Goodwood Revival.

Scrutineering was 8am Sunday at the start/finish Comfort Inn Reading South. With a breakfast of bacon butties to follow. A car park full of fantastic classic cars to admire, a clear blue sky above (special arrangement by Terry and Helen, we were assured) a perfect start to a brilliant day. Having done the 1st Tour we expected a few tricky bits in the navigation and were not disappointed, though newcomers should not be put off as the through the window handouts are not compulsory.

As we had decided to try to keep to the optional time schedule, and with a start position of 1 we had hoped not to see other tour cars unfortunately this was not to be, but more of that later.

At 9.31am we left on the section a called Wellington Country, a distance of 34 miles as the route took us past the estate of Stratfield Saye, home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1815.

It was during this section that we (sorry the navigator made the 1st elementary mistake) that of not reading the tour instructions. So thinking that we had not done to badly by accruing a few time penalties, sadly we were too early at some controls causing us to accrue 3 penalties, there are no penalties for being late. Mental note for future events READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY, The driver has heard this before. Like two years ago when we entered the 1st of these non-competitive events. As we have entered the HRCR Clubman’s Challenge this year we have spent most of our time trying to make up time, so having to slow up was not easy for the driver. The suggestion was made that we should swap seats. Maybe next year.


A coffee break was made at Longbridge Mill on the river Loddon. This gave us a chance to have a chat with other entrants on how things were going so far!!

Section B called Rome’s Walls a distance of 35 miles crossing the Devil’s Highway on more than one occasion. Was once again a very picturesque route, there was a fair amount of wildlife about, being number one we were lucky enough to see a large Deer in the road. We stopped for it to run off into the wood, before continuing. It was during this section that the 1st of the handouts came through the window. These are only for the entrants that wish to add a little more spice to the event, with alternative navigation at certain junctions.

Mistake number 2, approaching a T junction with a give way sign, the navigator said no worries about being early, you can waste a few seconds stopping to cross the road.
Wrong a time control was just before the junction, another penalty point for being early.

The lunch halt was at Milestones, Hampshire’s Living History Museum, on the Basingstoke Leisure Park complex. It is one of those places that would be well worth visiting again with a bit more time to spare. During our stop here, we found out that Terry and Janet Powell, the only crew to have entered all 3 Harvest tours, unfortunately had to pull out due to Ronnie, their newly aquired Rover P6 breaking down. They were towed home and made it back to the finish in their E type, so were able to qualify for a finisher’s medal.

The last section was called Watership Down. After we were set off from the lunch halt, there was a 3.9 mile journey to the self start, we did remember to start the stop watch at our start time hurray! This was the longest of the 3 sections at 46 miles and again took us through some very attractive countryside. There were more handouts through the window. Some needing a little thinking about, some a lot, all added to the fun of the event. Halfway round this section the car began to cough and splutter, Terry stopped to see what was wrong, a hefty thump on the petrol pump started the reassuring tick, tick. It was at this point that cars running behind us started to come past. Shortly after the same thing unsurprisingly happened, on the third time Terry noticed that a bullet connector had been pulled apart by a warning triangle  that he had thrown in the boot just before leaving home, Another lesson, even if you are in a hurry always take a minute to stow items securely . Apart from this our car, an MGC GT ran well.


The finish was back where we started, stories of IF ONLY were exchanged, and without exception everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves.

We would like to thank all the marshals and especially the organisers for a really great event, and look forward to 23rd September 2007 when the 4th Harvest tour will be run.

 

Pip and Terry Secker.

A novice’s view – Richard and Sandra Sloman

Sandra and I entered the Harvest Tour for the second time in my Mk1 Cortina.  The day before the event, I checked over the car and made sure all was well.  We got up at 6.15am on the Sunday (thinking – are we mad?). The car started first time and the weather was clear and sunny as we drove towards Reading for the start, getting there quite early, we thought. 

But there was already a row of cars lining up for scrutineering (checking your lights work and the car has an MOT).  After a bit of milling around and chatting the car was checked and we parked up, and headed off to find the bacon butties, and the road book. 


Although not a competition, the tour gives you the chance to try your hand at some features of rallying – time-keeping, navigation and so on and, just for fun, you can collect penalties for doing things wrong. So, despite having done the tour last year, and knowing the principle of the tulip diagrams used to describe the route, we still read through the book and the instructions (we did really, because it tells you stuff like – you get penalised for being early – so its worth a read).  Terry Schraider, did his welcome speech and we waited for our start time.


The car park was full of cars, from dedicated rally cars with the drivers name on the door to standard road cars like mine.  An Austin 1800 Landcrab in full rally get up (an ex-woks car in original condition! – Ed) was cool as was the Hunter GLS, and a cluster of Sunbeam Alpines and Tigers made us hanker after a soft top!

As our allotted time approached, we joined the queue of cars behind a rally Austin A40 complete with roll cage.  Pulled up to the start – note the mileage on the odometer – counting down – chat with marshal – and we’re off…….

The Cortina has only got an odometer, no resettable trip, no rally trip computer.  Fortunately the odometer is fairly accurate (I don’t know why) - I checked it by driving a mile in my modern car and then in the Cortina.  So Sandra (who was navigating) has to work out what the mileage on the odometer should be at each instruction in the road book, with the aid of a calculator.  So I get the easy job – driving.


Its not long before Sandra tells me to turn right off the A4 and we are onto the interesting roads, narrow and twisting in beautiful countryside.  We take it steady, as there is only a penalty for being early at a control, we might as well take our time and be accurate and enjoy ourselves. 

The morning refreshment stop was at a Longbridge Mill for coffee and half an hour or so rest.  A few bonnets were up and fiddling underway, but nothing too serious.  The Cortina is behaving itself with only a little pinking.  After a cup of coffee and a chat with our fellow tourers we began to queue up for our allotted start time.  Off into the country lanes again and the road book became a little more interesting, with accurate mileage needed to send you the long way round a junction to see a proof of passage board lurking in the grass.  It wasn’t long before a Hillman Hunter GLS was following us – so we let him pass, its not a speed event and we wanted to go at our own pace.  We passed the ancient Roman walls of Silchester and took in some winding country lanes.

Lunch was at the Milestones museum at Basingstoke, where the cars parked up in front of the museum giving a great photo opportunity.  What a fantastic line-up of cars – from Porsche 911s to Sunbeam Rapiers to Ford Escorts to Triumph TR3s to Sunbeam Tigers to Ford Cortinas (of course), and all being used for what they were built for – driving. 

We had a look round the museum shop and looked down into the recreated Victorian streets in the museum, and had a spot of lunch and lounged in the sun.  It wasn’t long before the sound of starter motors and revving engines filled the air and cars started to move off as their allotted start time approached.  The afternoon session began with a ‘self-start’ that was four miles from the museum and we should be there in eight minutes – it took eleven!  But its not a race so we weren’t too concerned.  The afternoon was to be more challenging with handouts given out by the marshals describing, in a fairly cryptic way, how certain junctions should be negotiated.  So we chucked these on the floor of the car and carried on! 

The route took us up through the beautiful scenery of Watership Down at which point we had caught up with a group of cars as they stopped for the two gates across the road we had to open and close.  We soon dropped back and let the DAF that had caught us up go past. 

The tulip diagrams in the road book then became interesting, as the balls that denote which direction you are approaching a junction went missing.  So the accurate calculation of mileage became critical.  Just as we were slowing up to ensure the precise mileage for a junction, a Sunbeam Alpine came tearing past, and slid sideways up the road as they realised they needed to turn off!  No harm done – more haste less speed!

We eventually made it back to the start, having only taken one wrong turn and had a very enjoyable day out.  We sat down for some tea and sandwiches and a chat with some of the teams we had seen en-route.  As Terry read out the penalties that crews had collected, we thought we could be in the top ten maybe.  But to our surprise we had the second best score!  Not a bad end to a great day!

The Harvest tour is a great introduction to classic rallying.  You don’t need a sophisticated trip computer and a rally car with knobbly tyres and a roll cage – we didn’t.  

A few tips would be: -

  • Read the instructions, take it steady – its not a speed event.
  • Have courage in your navigation (the car in front might not know where they are going).
  • Let cars pass (that way you don’t feel pressurised into going fast and won’t miss a turning or arrive too early at a control). 
  • If you see a proof of passage board not on the route you think is right – ignore it!
  • Enjoy yourself!  (Great advice – Ed)

Thanks to Terry and Helen Schraider and all the marshals and others behind the scenes, for organising a great day.  Roll on next year.

 

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